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  •  This is what I am thinking... (2+ / 0-)
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    Jason Hackman, Mr MadAsHell

    Although, there is a good chance that they will kick real spending cuts down the road for a few more months.  The whole thing is depressingly dysfunctional.  It would be one thing if we had an FDR firebrand in office saying, "Jobs are the number one priority - NOT THE DEFICIT."  But, instead we've got a Clintonite talking about 'shared sacrifice'.  

    'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

    by RichM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:05:35 PM PST

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    •  Not convinced (3+ / 0-)
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      RichM, Mr MadAsHell, SEAlifeguard

      I think this sounds less like 'we're going to dance around and in the end kick the can down the road' and more like, 'okay, it looks like we're going to have to let the sequester happen, because more than half of the Republican party is too insane even to take YES for an answer, so let's see how we can minimize the political damage to the party after we succeed in royally fucking the economy for another four years.'

      I.e., blame everything on Obama.

      •  Right... (1+ / 0-)
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        Mr MadAsHell

        When the sequester happens and the economy tanks (which will happen if the sequester takes place), then Obama and the Dems get the blame.

        'Guns don't kill people, video games do - paraphrased from Lamar Alexander (Sen-R-TN)'

        by RichM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:44:01 PM PST

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        •  It's Their Baby Too (0+ / 0-)

          "When the sequester happens and the economy tanks (which will happen if the sequester takes place), then Obama and the Dems get the blame."

          They will if they sit on their dead butts and do nothing -- and rightly so.  The sad fact is that we are stuck with what we have in both parties -- unless someone wants to start the parade of recalls -- and all we can do is hope that someone in the Democratic Party laps up some of FDR's DNA -- or at least some of his courage.  But far too many Democrats in D. C. are just hunky-dory doing kissy-face with the Republicans.  And as long as they wish to do that, they deserve equal blame for whatever the sequester does to this country.

        •  Respectfully, RichM, don't forget that Republicans (0+ / 0-)

          wanted to repeal the sequester (which should happen), and in November 2011 President Obama announced in a Press Conference that the would "veto attempts to repeal the sequester."

          Here's an excerpt from the Forbes piece entitled "Obama: I Will Veto Attempts To Get Rid Of Automatic Spending Cuts," and a link.

          President Barack Obama gave a press conference after the Supercommittee officially admitted it failed to reach an agreement to cut $1.2 trillion in budget spending over the next 10 years. Obama told reporters he would veto any attempt to get rid of the automatic cuts which are set to kick in as a part of the sequester proposition, which will be triggered unless Congress reaches over the next year.

          Mollie

          "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible." --Frank L. Gaines

          "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

          by musiccitymollie on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:08:38 PM PST

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    •  As usual, Krugman weighs in with this (0+ / 0-)

      article in today's NYT:

      Kick the Can

      The most violent element in society is ignorance.

      by Mr MadAsHell on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 01:54:41 PM PST

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